Byron Bay Camping Adventure

by Simon on May 23, 2012

Only an approximately 2-hour drive from Brisbane, there is a magical place called ‘Byron Bay’.  Only 165km South of Brisbane and 772km north of Sydney, Byron Bay is a fantastic place for couple, friends of the whole family to go camping.

Broken Head Holiday Park - View from our tent

We regularly go to Byron Bay and this time we decided to set up camp at the Broken Head Holiday Park.  This park offers both powered and unpowered sites as well as onsite accommodation.  Rates start at about $30 for an unpowered site for two people.

Broken Head Beach

After setting up camp, we decided to go an check out the beach which is only a short walk from the campsite.  Broken Head beach is a popular spot for surfers as it tends to get a lot of good waves and is generally not as crowded as some of the other beaches in the area.

Lighthouse - Cape Byron, Byron Bay

One good thing about Byron is that there are a lot of activities to suit people of all ages.  There are some beautiful walks in the area.  One which is a must is the walk up to the Cape Byron lighthouse.  The view from up there is spectacular and on the day we were there, we spotted dolphins surfing in the waves, turtles and a huge Manta Ray.  This is also an excellent spot to go to at sunset as the view is one of a kind.

Grey Nurse Shark, Julian Rocks, Byron Bay

Another plus about Byron is the scuba diving.  There are two main dive operations in Byron; Byron Bay Dive Centre and Sundive.  Both do the majority of their dives at a site called Julian Rocks which is about a 10-minute boat road from shore.  The great thing about this is you can get up early, do a couple of dives and then have the rest of the day to relax and explore without having long boat trips and surface intervals at sea.  As it is a marine reserve, the amount and variety of life out there is world class.

Tallow Beach from Byron Bay Lighthouse

To head into town, it’s probably a bit too far to walk, but if you had bicycles it would be totally doable.  The main town has a lot of great little restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger to you could always try the fish and chip takeaway near the pool and sit on the beach and watch the waves roll in.

Sunset at Main Beach, Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a fantastic place to visit and a great camping option for those who want to get back to nature a bit, but still have access to some of the modern things in life.

Sunset from Byron Bay Lighthouse


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Erico May 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Nice blog, thanks for sharing!!!


Simon June 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Thanks Erico!


Krisztian May 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

Awesome pictures Simon! I never knew that Byron is such a great spot for diving. The shark scares me though! :D


Simon June 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Krisztian! It’s one of the top 10 dive spots in Australia. The sharks which are there are harmless. The labradors of the sea :)


Krisztian June 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Cool, these are really really good pictures mate!


Andrew May 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

You really captured Byron with your pictures Simon. Love it!


Simon June 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Andrew! Love the place.


Shawna June 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

I remember camping at the lake when I was a kid and we would take the boat out on the lake and be out there all day, skiing or fishing or even swimming. And the only amenities we had at that time was the public restroom and it was quite the walk to get there. Now you are talking about camping with electrical outlets by them and things like that but that’s just not right.


Frances June 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This looks like a beautiful place and I would love to go. With the power outlets being there do you have to be in a mobile home or Winnebago in order to use them? I have a tent and some stuff that goes in the tent the uses power like a TV etc. can we set up or tent there and use that power. This was a great article and I appreciate it.


Carolyn June 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

Camping was something my family did when I was a kid. But we didn’t have the electric outlets and things like that, when we roughed it we roughed it. Some people don’t know what camping is all about, or how to really rough it for a couple of days. I think everyone should try it at least once so you know what can happen in case of the world coming to an end.


Michael June 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I have been to the ocean once in my 43 years and I would love to go again for a vacation on a deserted island somewhere. I guess if I can’t get deserted though this is the next best thing. What beautiful pictures you posted and the view from the light house would be completely out of this world. The picture of the beach from the lighthouse were great, it looks like swirling water.


Jessica June 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

This looks like it is a beautiful place to go on your honeymoon. I have been married 25 years and I think it is time for that second honeymoon to who knows where. And this may just be that where location. I look forward to your next post and hope that it holds just as much information as this one. If you have other beaches could you please post them .


Byron Bay Accomodation June 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Nice blog, thanks for sharing.!!!


John June 17, 2012 at 4:57 am

Great, thanks for sharing this post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.


Stan June 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hi there. I have favorited this page so I could check it out later. I love camping, particular around the Byron region. Look forward to reading more great camping stories.


Andrew June 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Stan. Look forward to seeing you back here!


Darla Arriaga October 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

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Simon June 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Thanks James!
It’s a magical place. If you ever get the chance, do check it out.


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